When Mom Loves Her Assisted Living Home: A Great Feeling

When you have to consider a new home for your loved one, you may be captured by feelings of guilt and regret, wondering about this transition in their life.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, older adults love their assisted living homes, which provide freedom and independence while, at the same time, give a helping hand when needed.

And when mom (or dad) loves the place they’re living, it’s a game-changer.

We realize this and that’s why everything we do is geared toward creating a strong sense of family rooted in the principles of quality, world-class care.

What Is Assisted Living?

Also called assistive care homes or assisted living homes, assistive living is a community designed for older adults who don’t need nursing care, but may need help with the tasks of everyday living, such as bathing or dressing.

Assistive living provides freedom from household chores like cooking, cleaning and laundry, while, at the same time, opening the doors to a wealth of activities that can be enjoyed. There are several levels of care that cater to residents’ needs.

The goal: Maximize independence by always being there for our residents.

Assisted living also places residents at Bladen East in the perfect position that, if they do need skilled nursing care in the future, they are already at a community that offers skilled nursing care in addition to assistive care homes.

At Bladen East, we have 30 assisted living beds and 90 skilled nursing beds.

How to Select an Assisted Living Home Mom Will Love

This is all wonderful, but how do you find an assisted living care home that your mom or dad will enjoy? We’ve got a few tips that will help you.

1. Be sure to take a tour.

We welcome families and their loved ones to our community and encourage you to take a tour [link] to see for themselves the sense of peace our residents have and how we treat them like family.

2. Take your loved one on the tour.

After all, this is where they are going to be living! Let them come along and ask questions.

3. Discuss the process with your loved one.

What is important to them? Is it a great location with many outings, or is it a place where there are several arts and crafts classes? Maybe they prefer large, open courtyards or need to be located close to a medical facility.

You’ll find that their interests are varied, and therefore, it’s important that you work through this decision together.

4. Location, location, location.

This adage is true in real estate, and it’s also true in selecting an assisted living facility. Should your loved one be closer to a city or near children and relatives who would want to visit?

What an Assisted Living Home Offers You

Assisted living homes offer the best of both worlds. They respect and honor independence, but are always willing to lend a hand. In addition to excursions and activities, health care employees at assisted living homes are also able to help with activities of daily living—bathing, dressing, eating—if they are needed.

In addition, medication management is also offered, and assisted living homes like Bladen East take care of meals, laundry, housekeeping and transportation.

Of course, assisted living services are about much more than meeting needs—they’re about providing encouragement, compassion and a sense of community that comes from being at the heart of Bladen East.

In fact, we even encourage our residents to bring in their personal items to make it as close to home as possible.

How is Assisted Living Different From Skilled Nursing?

While you may have heard these terms interchangeably, they’re actually very different. For example, skilled nursing care means that those who live there must receive full-time care by a specially trained health care team. This can be either extended care or long-term care. Some may be there for short-term care, for example, if they have had a hip replacement and need extensive rehabilitation.

Assisted Living at Bladen East

Our assisted living community is much more than a room and a slate of activities. While we do keep our residents busy with interesting, scheduled events, what really sets us apart is our sense of family. We treat our residents the same way we’d treat our own grandmothers or grandfathers.

Want to know more? We’ve compiled an extensive list of resources to help you understand more about assisted living.

We’d love the chance to meet you. Contact us to schedule a tour today.